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#Review: Satyameva Jayate 2

John Abraham is my favourite actor and this movie has NOT, in any way, hampered my feelings towards him. He’s still the best.

A sequel to Satyamev Jayate, Satyameva Jayate 2 explores the themes of patriotism, honesty and integrity that define a true Indian. Satya and Jay are twin brothers. While Satya makes the laws (he’s the Home Minister), Jay safeguards the laws (he’s a policeman). To fight corruption, as the first instalment of the movie, the heroes take matters in their own hands and shoot the criminal without long monologues or repeated flashbacks. Sons of a ‘Krantikari’, Satya and Jay are two vigilantes in the garb of government servants. They are merciless when it comes to providing justice. Whether it is the high-class brats who rape a doctor or a doctor who refuses to treat a patient, Johns know how to tackle them. That way, the story is plain and simple. What irks the viewers is John’s excessive screen presence. (Yahan bhi hoga, wahan bhi hoga, ab to saare jahan me hoga …kya? John ka jalwa).

Satyameva Jayate has John in a triple role- the twin brothers and of course, the deceased father who was killed fighting corruption. Dare I say that this movie is filled with a vengeance for the killer because it’s not. It follows an entirely different track where the brothers are determined to put an end to criminals. Loaded with ‘bade bade dialogues’, the movie lacks structure. Divya Khosla Kumar is just for the sake of one-beautiful-face-amidst-all-the-muscle. She doesn’t even deliver a single dialogue without stretching her brows till they meet the hair parting and eyes that bulge out like an inflated balloon. Every dialogue that aims to leave a lasting impression has been written in form of a quatrain. I don’t know about lasting impressions but often, such dialogues might force you to crack up rather than absorb the feeling!
‘Yeh jung khaki ya khadi pehenkar nahi ladi ja sakti … iske liye kafan pehankar nikalna hoga.’

‘Aurat ki joh izzat na kare woh har mard murga hai … joh nau mahine kok mein paale woh Mariam hai, woh Durga hai.’

The movie is action-packed but John’s strength has been excessively amplified. He can break a conference table into two halves, can lift the engine with his bare hands and can even pull a plough bare-chested. The dialogues add to the humour and steal the seriousness that the writers probably expected. Overall, Satyameva Jayate 2 is a complete Bollywood drama that can be skipped if you are planning to watch something relevant and more pragmatic.

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